Indoor Festival

Indoor Festival

For this year’s edition of the PhD Day, we decided to have something completely new for the evening program! Since the first stages of the organization we always intended to deliver the message that being able to look at one’s research from different perspectives and exploiting one’s imagination are key ingredients for a successful and fulfilling career. That is how the idea of an indoor festival was born, where arts and science come together and something unique is born!

After the closing ceremony of the PhD Day, we will remain in De Oosterpoort where drinks will be served while the preparations for the night will start. During the evening we will have several artistic acts: dancers, musicians, a comedy improv show, poets and we’ll end the night dancing with an eclectic DJ set!

Stranger Things Have Happened

STHH are a famous improv comedy group based in Groningen that performs both international and national shows. They also host improvisation workshops and courses since several years. At the PhD Day they will give one of their brilliant improv comedy show. As they like to say: “At a Stranger Things show, you never know what to expect. Neither do we.” The only way to figure it out is to attend the show (and maybe join them on stage, if you’re brave enough), so don’t miss it!

Dance & Yoga Styles

Dance & Yoga Styles is a (pole) dance and yoga school located in Zwolle. They provide various styles of dance and yoga lessons, workshops and coaching. During all classes, balance, personal progress and fun are central. At the PhD Day 2018, a group of dancers from the school will amaze us with an aerial dance show to accompany the evening program. If you want to know more about them visit their website:








Phoenix (Poetic Disaster Club)

Phoenix Chase-Meares is a young and queer artist from London, who specializes in the use of movement and text-based work. He is member of the Poetic Disaster Club, and founder & artistic director of TobyLikesMilk. The work created is always work furthering the notion of queer theory in search of knowledge and understanding for queer communities. At the PhD Day 2018, he will perform in an interactive show of his own creation. Brace yourselves, his work is very loud, unapologetic and milky





Rachel Raetzer (RUG Poet)

Rachel Raetzer, student of European Languages and Cultures, is poet-in-residence at the University of Groningen for the academic year 2017-2018. Rachel has been writing poetry since she was a child, gradually developing her own style. As poet-in-residence, she hopes to write poems that move her readers and give them pause for thought. At the PhD Day 2018, she will gather up feelings and thoughts from the participants and transform them into a unique poem!





Laureen Langkamp (Spinsibal)

Laureen loves to draw. Whether it is with pencils, pens or markers; whether the subject is chicken, elderly people, a car breakdown, the swans of a retired car mechanic, a cat drinking water from a tap, or a nude model; it doesn’t matter, everything is interesting enough to record. With a daring drawing style and a cheerful smile she commits it to paper. It gets even better when she draws portraits on location. The faces she draws are as cheerful as her own.

Just like us, artists also do research. Follow this link to find an example of the way Laureen does this. Visit her Instagram for an overview of her most recent work.

Sije Kingma

Sije Kingma works as a filmmaker/artist based in Groningen. He collaborates with museums and artists to create short films and documentaries about art, artists and exhibitions. Moreover, he works on experimental film projects in which he intends to establish a powerful sense of place where the unconscious mind can flow freely. Scenes arise, evoke new scenes and become images in time. Sije participates in different festivals and gallery screenings, both national and international.

Sije will contribute to the PhD Day 2018 with A chase for reality: from chaos to focus to chaos, a video art project conceived in collaboration with Astrid Kruitwagen, PhD student at the UG and Head of Program of the PhD Day. “What will happen when we try to combine and connect all research? We try to answer this question with a creative experiment, an artistic video, based on research photos (from you, PhD students!). Would we get closer to finding reality, the truth, understanding of the whole world around us? Will we ever truly stop searching? Is it possible to capture the whole truth at all?” ⇒ Watch a teaser trailer below:

If you are interested in contributing to his video-art project, you can submit your own photos using this form.

We are six PhD students from the University of Groningen, with different backgrounds. We love music, we love research, we love life! We know each other from the GOPHER music club. We play songs from all kinds of styles, even Chinese rock songs. At the PhD Day 2018, we will give you a taste of our musical world! 




Kayleigh Beard

Kayleigh Beard (1993) recently graduated from a master of fine arts at the Frank Mohr Institute (Minerva Academy, Groningen). During the Media, Art, Design & Technology programme, she experimented with new technologies in her music performances and installations, constantly looking for ways to incorporate the body of the audience or performer in musical experiences. Over the past two years, Kayleigh has continuously performed and exhibited at several (sound art) events and galleries, among which Club Transmediale Berlin, Sunnyvale New York, Upstream Gallery Amsterdam, and Sign Gallery Groningen.

In her interactive installation “Embodied Orchestra” anyone can become an orchestra by playing music with intuitive body movements. By tracking these movements with a Kinect sensor and using a programmed set of electronic gloves, the player can play digital string instruments and layer the melodies that he creates. In this way the player creates a symphony, all by themselves.

Tereza & Domen
Tereza Catarov was born in 1995 in Romania, where she started playing the piano since she was 4. At the age of 7 she started The National Collage of Music “Ion Vidu” where she studied classical piano and participated at a lot of festivals and competitions. She started studying jazz at the National University of Music in Bucharest, and since then she sang with a lot of famous Romanian jazz musicians, and was part of different festivals and concerts. Now she is studying at jazz department in Prince Claus Conservatorium, Groningen, Netherlands. 

Domen Bohte (Ljubljana, 1994) is a student of the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, Netherlands and a member of the Jazzinty Workshop & Festival team from 2011. He is working as a bass player, studio musician and organiser. In 2017 he took over the artistic and musical management of the Jazzinty workshop by becoming an executive director and he brings his experience and knowledge from living abroad and being exposed to contemporary and modern music practices. He is a member of international and Slovenian ensembles – Vladislav Psaruk Quintet, Hiske Oosterwijk Quartet, Container Doxa (Dre Hočevar, Žiga Murko, Domen Gnezda, Boštjan Simon, Matic Sterle) and Chimera (duo with the Greek singer Carolina Giannakopoulou). In the following year, he is releasing albums with Container Doxa, Hiske Oosterwijk Quartet and Chimera and going on tour throughout Europe. His past performances include David Binney, JD Walter, Matt Wilson, Gene Jackson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Michael Mossman and many others…

Vals Alarm

Vals Alarm is a group of around 20 young talented singers from Groningen who focus on making challenging musical theater productions. In between productions we like to perform smaller showcases at events. During this year’s PhD Day, a small selection of singers and actors will guide you through your coffee and lunch breaks with some music and comic relief. On January 25th and 26th 2019 they will perform their newest production Pippin in the Grand Theatre in Groningen. Stay updated via Facebook and their website

Pushin Wood Soundsystem

Space age travelers Pushin Wood Soundsystem is a DJ duo on its own. They’re known for their crazy musical projects (often combining records with visual art or food), their eclectic musical taste, their passion for vinyl, detail and sound. On their label Bambeats Records they released their own music but also Ethiopian, Cuban and brass music. The last 2 years they’ve been focusing on the bi-monthly LOFT parties in Groningen which are fast becoming legendary, with international guests like Rich Medina, Nickodemus & Analog Africa playing alongside the residents.

If you love to explore musical boundaries, join the night and become part of this journey through time & space. Follow them: Facebook – SoundcloudInstagram

The organization of the festival is supported by Het Akkoord van Groningen and the IWCN